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Hello, Little-New Yorkers! This month we are celebrating the start of the school year by reading stories all about school, friendship, and being yourself.
What makes you special? In Freckleface Strawberry, written by actress Julianne Moore and illustrated by LeUyen Pham, one seven-year-old learns to love something that sets her apart from her classmates: her freckleface! Today, we will be inspired by LeUyen Pham’s illustrations of Freckleface Strawberry’s portrait to create our own self-portrait artwork celebrating our own uniqueness. And don’t forget to join us live at 3:30 pm every Tuesday via Zoom and Friday in-person for our Little New-Yorkers Hello Song, silly games and dances, a craft, and, of course, our read aloud!
Here's a self-portrait by artist Philip Reisman from the collection at the New-York Historical Society.
- Freckleface Strawberry Portrait Template
- Something to color with: markers, crayons, pencils, pastels, or a cool combo!
* A note on supplies: If you don’t have exactly the supplies listed, improvise! These projects are designed to be versatile, so feel free to use whatever materials and tools you have at home. And if your final product looks different than what you see here, that’s wonderful!
STEP 1: You!
Start by popping a drawing of yourself right into the center of your frame.
Think about what makes you different, what makes you special? Let your portrait celebrate that! Do you love the unique color of your hair? Or the shape of your nose? Your glasses? Draw what makes you, you.
Don’t forget to color in your background, too!
STEP 2: Fill in the Blank
Freckleface Strawberry learned to love her freckles. Now you get to put one of your favorite things about yourself into the sentence at the bottom of your picture frame: “My ________ makes me special!” Maybe your smile makes you special, or your eyes!
STEP 3: Decorate Your Frame
Now it’s time to fill your portrait frame with pizzazz! What colors will you use? Pink and blue like LeUyen Pham? Or your own favorite combo?
STEP 4: Cutting
It’s Careful Cutting Time! Use your scissors to cut your picture out along the thick black line.
STEP 5: Done!
You did it! Where will your portrait go?
This portrait celebrates you. Can you make portraits that celebrate your friends and family? Everyone has something that makes them one-of-a-kind, just like Freckleface Strawberry! Thanks for following along. We hope to see you, and your creations, at Little New-Yorkers soon! We’d love to see your artwork - join the conversation and tag us on social media @nyhistory!
Written by Meagan Raker